By on May 3, 2021

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE we remember a time when the Evansville Courier and Press had a print room right here in Evansville? …since that printing press was silenced the Evansville Courier and Press is now printed in Louisville along with other Gannett Publishing owned newspapers?…that many people feel because of this arrangement, the quality of the local daily printed newspapers under Gannett Publishing control has seemly suffered over the last several years?  …we are also told because of Gannett’s realignment of publishing local daily news it has caused the loss of talented people with local connections?IS IT TRUE we are told that EPD Police Chief Billy Bolin and members of the FOP are beginning to discuss concerns of the rank and file at the EPD? …we give five (5) cheers to the City Council EPD liaison, Missy Mosby and Channel 25 news anchor, Brad Byrd for helping to bring both parties together?  …that reasonable people sit down and reason together?IS IT TRUE we hope that the people developing new downtown office space have taken into consideration the extremely high office vacancy rate that currently exists in downtown Evansville proper?IS IT TRUE the potential voters of Evansville better get ready to receive several well written political mailers during the next several weeks? …a spouse of a City Council candidate who received a copy of one of these political campaign mailers last week stated that this isn’t the person I married?IS IT TRUE we are told that Republicans are going to launch an all-out marketing blitz in an attempt to take control of the 2020 City Council?  …we are told that the Mayor’s marketing team is putting an extra emphasis on political Wards One (1), Ward Two (2) and At-Large City Council candidate Ron Beane?IS IT TRUE we are told that the race between Natalie Rascher (R) and Missy Mosby (D) in Ward Two (2) is turning into a political dog fight? …that Mayor Winnecke is trying to defeat 12-year Democratic incumbent Missy Mosby? …the 2nd Ward is Democratic? …we suggest on election night that you pop some popcorn and grab a cold beer and get ready for a long night watching the counting of votes in Ward Two (2)?IS IT TRUE we are told that an unset in Ward Three (3) may be in the making? …both candidates are well qualified? …at this point in the campaign, the Democrat is out working his Republican opponent? …we are told that the possibility of Ward Three (3) becoming Democratic once again is feasible?IS IT TRUE that City Council candidate Ben Trockman (D) mailer was sent out to everyone in the 1st Ward and it had a positive impact among potential voters?  …that Ben made reference to being paralyzed in a dirt bike accident in high school and stated: “there were times he wanted to give up”?  …he also stated, “I didn’t because that’s not who I am”?  …Ben’s opponent Tim O’Brien is working extremely hard?  …both candidates in this race are young, smart, energetic and personable? ..although Ward One (1) is a solid Republican district but we are told this race is becoming very competitive? …if Mr. Trockman defeats his Republican opponent, Tim O’Brien it will be the first time in 50 years that a Democrat will occupied this seat? …this definitely a race to watch?IS IT TRUE we are told that many patrons of Ellis Park are glad that Saratoga Racing  Group is no longer in charge of the direction of this historical track?   …we are also told that the patrons of Ellis Park are excited that the new owners of Ellis Park are doing some extensive updates to the interior decor of the main Club House?  …many patrons at Ellis Park are also glad that the new owners of Ellis Park decided to move to Kentucky instead of expanding an additional location in Louisiana?IS IT TRUE that Vanderburgh County GOP party chairman Wayne Parkes is president of Parkes Consulting firm?IS IT TRUE that our current “CCO MOLE” membership is now a 152 strong?  …because of our “Working Outside The Box” speakers series we have picked up 17 new ” CCO MOLES”? …  that five (5) “CCO MOLES” passed away during the last several years and we really miss them?Today’s “Readers Poll” question is:  Do you think that the Republicans will take control of the 2020 City Council?We are pleased to provide obituaries from area funeral homes at no cost.  We are also are pleased to announce that we are now providing news from all of the area High Schools. Please scroll down the paper and you shall see a complete listing of them.FOOTNOTES: This year’s awards luncheon will be held at Tropicana-Evansville Walnut rooms A and B. The registration begins at 11:30 am, the event officially starts at 12 noon on October 25, 2019.  The Keynote speaker will be announced later this week.Reservations for this event may be obtained by calling JIM KNAUFF at 812-457-1017. The deadline for registration is October 20, 2019. Last year’s event was a sellout.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected] understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertiserslast_img read more

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It’s been quite a journey so far, but South Haven high school softball is close to reality

By on August 14, 2020

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – “The South Haven High School girls softball team.” Has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?A group of 11 girls with the help of Twaila Wiley, a USD 509 employee, are on a mission to form the first Lady Cardinal softball team to play this spring.While their opponents are likely to be area junior varsity squads and South-Central Border League opponents in need of a game, their biggest competition in 2014 is time, money and the legal loopholes of starting a high school softball program.But come this spring, South Haven Cardinal softball hopes to become a reality. They plan on having a schedule of eight games.“The girls really want this badly,” Wiley said. “They really love to play and want to make this a legitimate high school program.” There are a lot of things going for this group. First of all there are 11 girls who have signed up – and this isn’t a group of novice ball players either. They have been playing together mostly for the South Haven Flame Throwers during the summer months.“I truly believe the second we start playing high school ball, we will be competitive,” Wiley said. “We have three players already who could go on to play in college. Maybe not DI teams but places like Pratt or Cowley.”Wiley continued:“The thing about it is, high school softball allows them the opportunity to showcase their talents. That’s huge. Because that is what it is all about. Giving a girls the opportunity to succeed.”But starting up a high school softball team takes more than rounding up players for a make-shift game at the local ball field.First it takes a lot of convincing and compromising.The girls first approached the South Haven school board in January to plead their case. It wasn’t an easy sell.The board had several concerns. First of all, there was no money in the budget to support a new program.The girls promised to make it a pay to play program. They not only needed to raise the money to meet all expenses for the program, but they needed to do it fast.They had to raise $5,650 which included the payment of a coach, the expense of a bus driver, worker’s comp, and miscellaneous expenses in two weeks time.They did just that.Then there were the uniforms.“We had every intention of wearing old softball pants and a T-shirt,” Wiley said. “We don’t care. We just want to play ball.”If only it was that easy. The uniforms have to meet the specifications of the KSHSAA. For the uniform tops alone costs $750.“I had a donor all lined up who was going to use a supplier in Wichita, who could get them cheap,” Wiley said. “But we can’t do that because the uniforms have to come from suppliers approved by the KSHSAA and those are tremendously more expensive.”The South Haven school board members then were concerned about the high school track program. They didn’t want softball taking people away from an established sport. The girls agreed that they would only hold practice after track practice. So they won’t be going out to practice until after 5 p.m. Also, if there was a track meet on a particular day, there would be no softball contest.“This hasn’t been an issue,” Wiley said. “The track team had more people sign up than they did last year.”The next hurdle (to use a track phrase) was finding a coach. Wiley said due to conflicts she can’t coach the team something she has done with this group since the second grade. But two other people who have applied. The board is supposed to act on hiring a coach in the near future.As far as equipment goes, most of the girls have most of that except for a few miscellaneous things like a new bat and some stickers.But Wiley said once the program is established, it could be a long and fruitful journey.Currently, the team makeup is one senior, one junior, three sophomores and six freshmen. She also said there are some girls coming up in seventh and eighth grade who wants to play. So there is an established future.South Haven will also be playing in a competitive South-Central Border League if established and that has some very good teams. Udall is a traditional state power, which has won two state championships in the past 10 years. Oxford, Udall’s chief rival, is a very good program as well.The proposed Cardinals won’t be playing post season ball this year. It will be an exhibition year. That means they must find teams to play on their own. They will not be eligible for post-season tournament. Next year, they will need to get sanctioned with the KSHSAA and get on the SCBL softball scheduling rotation.So there is still a lot to be done. And there are more expenses to be met.If you wish to donate to this cause send checks payable to the following address:South Haven Schools, USD 509Attention: Twaila WileyP.O. Box 229South Haven, Kans. 67140. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (5) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -4 Vote up Vote down Sports Fan · 338 weeks ago What about starting a baseball team? Doesn’t Title IX come into play here? I could only imagine what would be happening or be said if this were about establishing a baseball program. There would be some irate parents wondering why there was no support for their girls. Report Reply 0 replies · active 338 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down In The Know · 338 weeks ago Boys had the same opportunity and set conditions. Couldn’t meet them. Report Reply 0 replies · active 338 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Sports Fan · 338 weeks ago Maybe the article should have stated that. Thanks for clarifyng. Report Reply 0 replies · active 338 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down 1234 · 337 weeks ago Thought it was just a single-year decision so far? Nothing has been decided about next year. Report Reply 1 reply · active 328 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down softball mom · 328 weeks ago The Board voted to let the teams in the SCBL League for next season. Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Families cross globe to adopt

By on January 11, 2020
SANTA CLARITA – Heard the one about the traffic engineer who has no car? Punch line: Why? Because his wife needs the family minivan to cart around their two biological kids, two adopted daughters from war-torn Liberia and soon, in the remaining empty seat, an adopted son from Uganda. Shades of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in Santa Clarita? No. Ian Pari, a senior traffic engineer for the city, and his wife, Cheryl, who home-schools the kids, are among a growing number of local couples who eschew a suburban manse brimming with goodies in favor of sharing their possessions and following religious beliefs that call for helping those less fortunate. Their neighborhood pals include blended siblings in the Stewart household nearby. Kayla and Chad Stewart, both 37, had four biological children, all girls, before they adopted twins Matthew and Mark, now 6, from Liberia four years ago. “They were only 11pounds (Matthew) and 18pounds (Mark) when they came to us,” Kayla Stewart said. For comparison, she notes U.S. babies 2monthsold weigh 11pounds. “About a year and a half after Matthew and Mark were with us – they told me to sit down first – the adoption agency called,” she continued. “One day, they found out (the boys) had a brother, and three weeks later they found out there were more.” That was two years ago, and those youngsters are now 9 and 7. Chad Stewart, a digital animator with Sony Pictures Imageworks in Culver City, will travel to Liberia in the coming days to meet the boys’ biological father. `Missing pieces’ “My plan is to try to fill out the missing pieces of the story for my boys,” Chad Stewart said. “When they’re older, to try to give them some answers: what their mom was like – she died the day after the twins were born – what their dad is like, the history of when they were there, the events going on around them.” The record will be mainly audio, but Stewart will bring an MP3 recorder and a digital camera with some video capacity. He plans to write a book detailing the trip. An armful of vaccinations has prepared his body for the experience, but his mind is another matter. “The farthest I’ve been out of the country is Niagara Falls or Tijuana,” he said. According to the CIA World Factbook, Liberia was settled in the 1800s by slaves freed from the United States and experienced political upheaval, dictatorial rule, revolt and civil war. It notes the “security situation is still volatile, and the process of rebuilding the social and economic structure of this war-torn country remains sluggish.” At last, a brother The Paris daughters were escorted to the United States by a Liberian pastor who works for Angels Haven Outreach, the local nonprofit agency that assists with international adoptions. The Paris plan to travel to Uganda on April28 to appear in court and handle the logistics for the safe passage of Jay – known as J.J. – a 31/2-year-old boy found abandoned on the road and taken to an orphanage when he was about 7weeks old. “I’m excited about it,” Daniel Pari said. “I won’t be the only boy. I can teach him different things.” Alison chimed in, “(Yeah), how to make armpit noises!” Someday, Jlatu and Armie can tell J.J. about how their dad died from cholera and their mom, unable to care for them, put them up for adoption. The two boys will share a bedroom, and the three girls share a room in the three-bedroom home. To emphasize the bonds of family life, the Paris have simplified their schedule, eliminating cable-TV service in favor of watching videos and DVDs and casting off sports and clubs, except for an after-school Bible study program at a local elementary school. Daniel’s favorite pastime is whittling, and the girls’ favorite is universal. “We’ll spend a whole Saturday just doing hair,” said Cheryl, 40. Armie recalled life before Valencia, when she could not sleep over at her grandma’s house because the roof had so many holes. “It rained a lot,” she said. “We had to use buckets over our heads.” The girls saved their traveling outfits from Liberia, sewed by the great-grandmother. “Jlati’s fits me.” The cost of caring for the children over a lifetime is borne by the adoptive families, but the cost to adopt the sisters was about $20,000. Ian Pari said the U.S. government provides a generous income tax credit for adoptive families, but they must spend the money first. He likened the nine- to 12-month lead time before the kids arrived to viewing an ultrasound. “You have the photos, but you don’t have the kid,” he said. [email protected] (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “In the Old Testament, God talks about caring for orphans. There are a lot of orphans in the world,” said Ian Pari, 44. “Through personal meditation and prayer … my reasons for not wanting to adopt – selfish reasons, I didn’t want my lifestyle to be impacted – once I put those thoughts aside, I thought `We have so much to share.”‘ The couple talked 20 years ago about how many biological kids they desired: two. If they wanted more, they would adopt someday. After becoming born-again Christians in the late 1990s and finding their kids were self-sufficient, their desire to adopt and the pool of prospective adoptees grew a lot larger. Some ask why an international adoption. “I have limited resources, have a certain income, my house is only so big, where are orphans in the greatest need?” Pari said. “Without question, it’s the continent of Africa.” When orphaned sisters Armie, pronounced Ah-mee, now 5, and Jlatu, now 7, stepped off a plane in Los Angeles after a 36-hour flight three years ago, they were culture-shocked and ill. Their intestines were riddled with roughly a dozen parasites, and Jlatu had an eye condition that untreated could have left her blind. The girls are now bouncy and blended into their new family, which includes Alison, 15, and Daniel, 12.

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Chris Gayle a target for headline makers: Darren Sammy

By on November 26, 2019

first_imgWest Indies’ two-time World T20-winning captain Darren Sammy has defended his team-mate Chris Gayle following the latest allegations of sleaze against the Jamaican batting powerhouse. (Chris Gayle likely to be in trouble with IPL bosses after sleazy comments)The Jamaican earlier courted controversy during his infamous “don’t blush baby” interview with Australian reporter Mel McLaughlin during last season’s Big Bash League.In the ongoing Indian Premier League, the Royal Challengers Bangalore opener again made headlines with some sexist comments in an interview with a British daily.During the interview with female journalist Charlotte Edwardes of The Times, Gayle boasted by saying he has “a very, very big bat, the biggest in the wooooorld. You think you could lift it? You’d need two hands”. (Why Chris Gayle doesn’t deserve to play in Indian Premier League anymore)GAYLE AN EASY TARGET Sammy, however, chose to play it down.”Chris Gayle is the universe boss, a team-mate of mine who I admire and respect. I just think people target Chris for no reason. To me, Chris is one of our cricketing heroes. He’s an entertainer, first, but a lot of people have jumped on his back,” Sammy was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.”I always support Chris because of what he does on a cricket field. Yes, we have a responsibility to ourselves, and the people who watch us, but sometimes I feel Chris is a target for newspaper headlines,” he said. (Chris Gayle asks female journalist: Have you ever had a threesome?)advertisementEGOS HURTING WINDIES The all-rounder also called for West Indies’ players and administrators to put their “egos” on the back burner for the the betterment of Caribbean cricket.The West Indies Cricket Board and the players had been at loggerheads over a pay dispute for a long time, and the bitter divisions were laid bare after their World T20 triumph in April when the West Indies players, led by an emotional Sammy, hit out at the WICB for not supporting them.”It’s sad that for so long it’s been a back-and-forth between the board and players. But these three wins show we can win cricket at all levels, and if we could work together, that’s all you need. Players and board working together, sharing a common goal, with no egos. It would be better for West Indies cricket but at the moment it’s just not happening,” Sammy said.”They always say sports and politics don’t mix, which is true. But at the end you have to give credit to the most important thing, which is the cricket. And who plays the cricket? The cricketers. That is your product. If you plant corn, you have to take care of it, nurture it, fertilise it and then you can reap the rewards, so it is similar to the West Indies cricket team,” he added.Sammy is set to turn out for Hampshire in the English County season.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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